Samsung is seeking to ban the sale of the iPhone 5 in Korea, it has been claimed, in the latest tit-for-tat legal spat between the formerly friendly tech giants.
According to an unnamed Samsung executive cited by the Korea Times, Sammy is preparing to file an injunction that would see the iPhone 5 yanked from store shelves just days after it arrives for sale.
The shadowy exec said: “Just after the arrival of the iPhone 5 here, Samsung plans to take Apple to court here for its violation of Samsung’s wireless technology patents.
“For as long as Apple does not drop mobile telecommunications functions, it would be impossible for it to sell its i-branded products without using our patents. We will stick to a strong stance against Apple during the lingering legal fights.”
Samsung’s no-surrender stance comes after Apple sought and fleetingly received, in some territories at least, a sales ban on Galaxy phones and tablets, alleging that Sammy had slavishly copied Apple’s gadgets for its own efforts.
The iPhone 5 is expected to launch worldwide in mid-October, with a spec sheet that takes in an A5 dual core processor, an eight-megapixel camera and a larger four-inch screen – up from the iPhone 3G’s 3.5-inch number.